German tennis star Alexander Zverev reached the Rolex Paris Masters 2020 Semifinals for the first time. He defeated the three-times Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka in straight sets(6-3, 7-6) on Friday. However, Zverev will now face top-seeded Rafael Nadal to confirm his place at event finals on Saturday.
On the other hand, Rafael Nadal is also playing his best tennis intending to win his first title on the Parisian hard courts. Spaniard claimed his two victories after a first set down as well. Twenty times Grand Slam winner beat his compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta before reaching semifinals on Friday(4-6, 7-5, 6-1).
Undoubtedly, the match between top players will go to be mouth-watering and remarkable in history.
Additionally, Zverev said at the press conference in front of Rafael Nadal encounter, “It is not necessarily true that the best tactic in front of Nadal is to attack, to attack and to attack.”
Speaking about Spaniard’s playing strategies, German explained, “He is probably the best defender in the world, so he sometimes even likes to be attacked. Against Nadal, we have to be very smart, but I’m not going to tell you my tactic to face him. Otherwise, he will see and then he knows what I’m going to do.”
Head To Head – Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev
Nadal and Zverev met six times in the ATP Tours. And while Rafa is senior to Sascha, Spanish leads German in head to head(5-1).
While considering the court environment, Alexander Zverev is one step ahead of Rafael Nadal on the Indoor hard surface. He defeated Rafa in the last meeting at 2019 ATP Tour Finals.
If we are coming to their outdoor hardcourt records, Nadal bested Alexander twice in a row at the 2016 Indian Wells and the 2017 Australian Open.